Monday, February 27, 2017

Bohol sets up innovative
film development comm

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 22 (PIA)--It is another thinking outside the box, and to the reel as Governor Edgar Chatto signed today an Executive Order firming up Bohol Film Commission.

The move pins Bohol again in the national white screen as the first province to set up a local council to map out local film development and its promotions and would allow the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) a proof of success should they bring their programs to the grassroots anytime soon.

At a simple ceremony attended by no less than FDCP chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra and party, film makers Baby Ruth Villarama, animation specialist Hermie Cabrito, Bohol members of the academe, church, civil society, media, investment, tourism, government and local planners, the move formally establishes Bohol's pivotal role to model others in presenting the province and its scenic locations for international and national film locations.

In his message, Gov Chatto revealed that the idea of setting up Bohol Film Commission came out as local officials exhaust means to get Bohol the needed promotions while helping local film development.

"Why not create a team to plan through and bring in more vigorously our role in the country's film development? he asked.

The new development would allow the FDCP dangle Bohol and its sceneries and people, to film producers and companies as a viable location for a film.

The governor's order allows a local team to coordinate with the FDCP, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD), Bohol Tourism Office (BTO), events coordination unit to facilitate filming projects held in Bohol.

It also mobilizes support for films shot and produced in Bohol and pushes for the utilization of local talents, human resources and local logistics in all film projects produced or shot here.

This way, it can promote Bohol’s natural and socio-cultural heritage attractions as well as the Boholano culture and arts in the film industry, the governor said.

"Boholanos in general are endowed with natural talents in various forms of arts, most especially in theater and performing arts, the governor said.

The establishment of a film commission would give them the proper venue and ample opportunities to fully nurture and develop their talents in acting, he added in the order.

Meanwhile, Bohol Film Commission chairperson Lutgardo Labad hinted that the commission can also review and recommend for approval the release showing of any film, documentary or any form of motion pictures that capture important features of Bohol.

Aside from that, the commission can document historical events, sites and places and icons in the course of history and to preserve them through cinematic medium, in the long and ambitious dream to make Bohol the film capital of the country.

Seeing it as another new idea and among what he termed as thinking outside the box, the governor in his executive order said the establishment of a local film commission is most appropriate and timely in order to enhance and project the Boholano artistry to be recognized in the national and international levels.

Other than multi-awarded cultural worker and film veteran Lutgardo Labad at the BFC, its members according to the executive order are Marianito Jose Luspo (HNU OCAD), Romulo L. Tagaan (CCAD), Liza Flores (GO/ SPU), Emilia Roslinda (Process Foundation), Engr. Albert Uy (Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Peter Dejaresco (Bohol Tri- Media Association).

Rev. Fr. Val Pinlac (Diocese of Tagbilaran), a representative of the Diocese of Talibon, BACH Council chair, Mario J. delos Reyes (Film Industry), Leonides L. Borja (Tagbilaran City Administrator), Joshibiah Gaa De Juan ( Chairman, City Council for Culture and Arts). (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
Governor Edgar Chatto signs the executive order establishing the Bohol Film Commission which Filmmakers Hermie Cabrito and Baby Ruth Villarama along with FDCP Chair Liza Diño-Esguerra promoted. The move gets Bohol into the reel with another first in the country. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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